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Poster: malamud Date: Mar 13, 2007 1:37am
Forum: us_congress Subject: a standard

The proceedings of the U.S. government are in the public domain. A hearing is not truly public unlesss the public can see it live and forever. All congressional hearings should be available as broadcast-quality video for download on the Internet. To me, that means 8 mbps h.264.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Mar 13, 2007 2:00am
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

Is not that what cspan is for? I see some very interesting repeats this time of night on tv ... Can always read the transcripts otherwise.

This post was modified by cush212 on 2007-03-13 09:00:08

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Poster: J.B. Nicholson-Owens Date: Jan 18, 2009 9:35pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: No, C-SPAN isn't good enough.

C-SPAN is a private organization funded by cable companies. It fancies itself a "public service" but like any other private organization, they can arrange to make their output less readily available. Even if they don't dare do that because they fear the wrath of the public who would be brought to question the proper role for archiving Congressional goings-on, the work they could destroy or stop making readily available is considerable and thus so is the loss to the public.

Congress should distribute raw footage of hearings, inaugurations, and other public functions and let multiple places handle all the rest of the details (archiving, transcoding to other formats, and distribution).

So, no, C-SPAN isn't the appropriate venue for this, particularly if it's the sole venue. No single distributor can be trusted and nobody who distributes the work should be able to lock it up.

We need to make better demands on the government for how to treat its public records.

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Poster: akb Date: Mar 13, 2007 8:13am
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

Thanks for this public service. Perhaps you could do the same for NASA TV and the Pentagon Channel?

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Poster: malamud Date: Mar 15, 2007 5:31pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

Ask not what your pentagon can do for you, ask what you can do for your pentagon.

If you use tools like MPlayer or VLC, you can easily rip a stream, save it as a file, then upload it to the Internet Archive. If you are using MPlayer, you can use the --dumpstream and --dumpfile parameters to save any streaming URL into a file.

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 15, 2007 5:46pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

If stuck in the O-zones, how can one or 99% of the population keep up-to-date with our Government.

I guess we can just light our lanterns and just watch it from porches.

Pass the Popcorn please.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 15, 2007 6:03pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

i hope it is light on the butter

doesn't mix well with beer when too heavily greased

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 15, 2007 7:39pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

No butter, plain w/ salted peanut.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 15, 2007 10:04pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

damn dude - i said i am allergic to peanuts - are you trying to kill me or something???? let's stick with the butter - i can deal with lightly or even non-salted

damn - are you an assassin?????

Ok - maybe it wouldn't kill me - but it would make me feel really shitty. how about almonds??? do those work for you??

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Poster: cush11 Date: Mar 15, 2007 10:15pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

Hey Wolf... You still here younger twin brother?

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 15, 2007 10:31pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

barely

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Poster: cush11 Date: Mar 15, 2007 10:36pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

Check your email in the morning Bro... I got family/puppy time happening. Take care my friend I do want to speak at you...

:)

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 15, 2007 10:40pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

will do my friend :)

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 15, 2007 10:10pm
Forum: us_congress Subject: Re: a standard

Guess what, I allergic to Almonds, maybe in Almond country at harvest time the farmers knock the L out of them.

Try soy peanuts, they make soy chicken, pork chops, and porterhouses......ain't it grate to be a vegan. I really like them kosher soy bacon cheese burgers, tastes like chicken.

I'll watch the peanuts.